Chelsea have reportedly had a £32m ($45.4m) bid for Andre Gomes rejected by Valencia. The much sought-after Portuguese midfielder, who is currently playing at the European Championship in France, has apparently attracted interest from a host of clubs across the continent in recent months.
However, Chelsea's efforts to lure the player to Stamford Bridge are complicated by a sell-on clause between Valencia and his former club Benfica, according to Sky Sports. As a result, Chelsea and his current club are said to be as much as £10m apart in their current valuation of the talented midfielder.
Benfica are set to receive 25% of any transfer fee Valencia obtain for Gomes, who only moved to the La Liga club 12 months ago. The Spaniards are, therefore, looking for a fee in the region of £42m.
Chelsea, for their part, are not currently prepared to increase their offer, according to sources close to the club. Gomes has also been strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United and Barcelona, but no other club has come close to matching Chelsea's rejected bid so far.
Gomes was among Valencia's stand-out performers last season, playing 41 games in all competitions and scoring five goals. The Portuguese international joined the club in 2015 for a fee in the region of £12m.